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Liam Dolan, Festival Chair, PEI International Shellfish FestivalThe Garland Canada International Chef Challenge returns to the PEI International Shellfish Festival in 2017 to be held at the Charlottetown Event Grounds, September 15–17. The competition gets underway on September 15, with semi-finals on September 16 and finals on September 17. Food Network’s Chef Lynn Crawford is a head judge along with other judges soon to be named. 

For Top Chef Canada, where $10,000 cash is on the line, over 25 Canadian chefs applied. Eleven were selected by an industry panel based on culinary skill, reputation and notoriety. PEI’s Best of Sea 2017 Chic Chef of the Year, Javier Alarco will take the 12th spot. 

The Garland Canada International Chef Challenge Competitors are:

Andrew McLeod (Bolete, St. Catharines, Ontario); Jinhee Lee (Foreign Concept, Calgary, Alberta); Lindsay Porter (Woodwork, Edmonton, Alberta); John Vetere (Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario); Stephen Pynn (The Stone Jug, Carbonear, Newfoundland); Kenneth Pittman (Seto Kitchen & Bar, St. John’s, Newfoundland); Jeremy Charles (Raymonds, St. John’s, Newfoundland); Chris Stewart (Hawksworth, Vancouver, British Columbia); Stephen Wall (Supply and Demand, Ottawa, Ontario); Jeremy Tucker (Vineyard Terrance Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Kelowna, British Columbia); Jeremie Falissard (Barroco, Montreal, Quebec); Javier Alarco (Waters Edge, Charlottetown, PEI).

Says Liam Dolan, Festival Chair. “This is the most impressive roster of chefs we’ve ever had and an incredible opportunity to introduce these talented chefs to Canada’s Food Island and our world class shellfish products.”

Over $24,000 in cash prizes will be handed out over the weekend as part of industry, chowder and shucking competitions. The PEI Fishermen’s Association will again attempt to break the World’s Longest Lobster Roll Record.

Festival headliners include Gordie McKeeman and His Rhythm Boys and the Big Bad Party Band on Friday, September 15; Gadelle, Vintage 4.0, Trinity Bradshaw and Signal Hill on September 16 and Matt Minglewood on September 17.

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